A man with a so-called life insurance policy gets nothing out of it himself. The policy does not assure him that he will not die, and promises nothing that will restore life to him. But the child of God has a life assurance policy that is based on the word of the almighty, unchangeable, ever faithful God of our salvation. That policy not only assures us that we will never lose the new life we got when born again; but it also promises us that we will get our bodies back, and this time in a far more glorious, heavenly form.
Of this David wrote after stating that he had no reason to be afraid of anyone and of anything. In Psalm 27:5 he wrote, "For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock." This he states as the reason why his one desire is to dwell in the house of God all the days of his life. In that house he is safe. And believing this, with David we can sing (PRC Psalter)
When troubles round me swell
When fears and dangers throng,
Securely I will dwell
In His pavilion strong;
Within the covert of His tent
He hides me till the storm is spent.
If David could say that, surely we can today. David had in mind the blood sprinkled upon the mercy seat of the ark behind the veil. We see not only the blood of the cross, but also the risen, glorified Christ at God's right hand. There He has power over all things in heaven and on earth.
And though we do have troubles, they cannot hurt us and keep us from dwelling in God's house of heavenly glory. We are set up upon Christ, the Solid Rock, and cannot be injured by the fiercest storms.
Our safety is absolutely sure. That Christ is there as our Head reveals that we can and will reach that glory. The waters of these storms, the troubles in this life, are all in the hand of Christ to use to prepare us for that glory. He Who loved us so fully that He gave His life, and suffered hellish agonies for us, will keep us safe. We are safe, for we are upon Him, the Rock of our salvation.
Song for Meditation: Psalter #234
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"As God’s eyes are such that they penetrate into the hidden recesses of the heart, we ought to walk with him carefully and not negligently. He calls the present life a sojourning, not in the sense in which he called the Jews to whom he was writing sojourners, at the beginning of the Epistle, but because all the godly are in this world pilgrims." – John Calvin
- Date: 7-August
Rev. John A. Heys was born on March 16, 1910 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was ordained and installed into the ministry at Hope, Walker, MI in 1941. He later served at Hull, Iowa beginning in 1955. In 1959 he accepted the call to serve the South Holland, IL Protestant Reformed Church. He received and accepted the call to Holland, Michigan Protestant Reformed Church in 1967. He retired from the active ministry in 1980. He entered into glory on February 16, 1998.